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The Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive, restored this very important film in 2009.

Directed by Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner, 1984

CHOOSING CHILDREN (1984), is the groundbreaking film about LGBT parenting directed by Academy-Award winner Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner. One of the first representations of lesbian families, CHOOSING CHILDREN is an emotionally powerful film that challenges society’s definitions of family by exploring the ways lesbians are raising children in couples, alone, with gay men, and in extended families of friends. “It may be hard to remember the time when it was nearly unheard of for lesbians to have children by choice,” said Chasnoff and Klausner. “But before 1980, if you came out, you assumed that the possibility of becoming a parent was nearly non-existent. We made CHOOSING CHILDREN to challenge that prevailing societal assumption, and look what happened in the past 25 years!” continued Chasnoff and Klausner. “We are extremely honored that the Legacy Project has selected CHOOSING CHILDREN for restoration. The film lab where the negative was housed went out of business and the negative was discarded. Without this support from Legacy, the film, and a crucial part of LGBT history, would be lost completely to future generations,” they concluded.

The Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, a collaboration between Outfest and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, is the only program in the world devoted to saving and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender moving images.

UCLA Film & Television Archive
The UCLA Film & Television Archive is internationally renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media, and is dedicated to insuring that the collective visual memory of our time is explored and enjoyed for generations to come. A unique resource for media study, the Archive holds one of the largest collections of media materials in the United States—second only to the Library of the Congress in Washington, D.C.—and the largest of any university in the world. For more information about the UCLA Film & Television Archive, please visit: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/index.html

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